I received the “Mastering the MBE” book by John J. Talamano in the mail last weekend, and I just finished it yesterday. Although I thought the first couple of chapters were a little condescending, once the author gets into the meat of the MBE he actually offers a lot of helpful information. It’s not a very in-depth analysis of the MBE but it’s a good starter book. Talamano offers several strategies for encountering MBE questions, some of which I found to be helpful, but there were a couple of strategies that I thought were extreme. For instance, Talamano recommends turning each MBE question into an essay by writing it out. He also talks about skipping questions and to plan ahead of time which questions to skip. That seems to be setting yourself up for failure. I’d rather guess at a question and have a 25% chance of getting it right than skipping it completely. I need every point I can get! I guess if you’re running out of time it would be useful, but not for me.
I ended up marking several pages for future reference, and I also typed some notes out of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone as a warm-up to studying for the MBE.
I received my “Strategies & Tactics for the MBE” book by Kimm Walton and Steve Emanuel in the mail the other day so I just started reading that book. At first I was overwhelmed by the thickness of the book but after skimming the pages I realized that most of the pages are devoted to the over 500 MBE practice questions. The book also has sections devoted to each MBE subject which appeals to me.
I also started doing MBE practice questions this week and typing out the answer explanations. I know I said I was going to write them down on a legal pad, but I’ve always studied by typing all through law school. I’ve been using MBE software for my practice questions so it’s easier to type the explanations in Word than to drag out a legal pad and write it out.